How to avert Garage door accidents?06/04/2014 Back To Blog
Are you worried that the worn out garage door at your place is hiding an accident that is waiting to happen? Well, do not wait till the actual accident happens. Replace it or upgrade it right away and eliminate your worries. The accident may range from simple problems to dangerous cases of door collapsing down and causing injuries to people or other animals standing underneath it.
Here is a small compilation of what you could possibly do to avert such garage door accidents:
Springs: The springs of these doors may become worn out with passing time and usage. It may give out ultimately, leading to accidents. Most manufacturers fail to post any warnings with the product about the durability of the springs. Ideally, springs should be replaced every five or six years, in order to avert any major accidents. Springs when worn out finally snap may cause severe damage to your home and injuries to people.
You need to check the garage door carefully to ensure that the springs are properly enclosed by a metal tube uses a safety containment cable or have both. In case of Clopay torsion sprung doors, there is a torsion shaft around the spring that prevents it from snapping free, in case it breaks.
In case of old springs, they will be under high tension and tightly wound. If a breaking spring is not contained properly, it may lash out at people or property and cause damage. Therefore inspect the old springs in a timely manner and replace them with the help of a professional installer, if needed. Even if one of the two springs of the door is broken, replace both, to be on the safe side. This will make the door function properly and prevent any future accident as well.
Very often, the bottom brackets of the door are under a lot of tension and may be dangerous when loosened or accidently removed by an inexperienced person during installation and maintenance. Loosen the bottom brackets of your garage door with utmost care. There are some garage steel doors for residences which come with safety T-bracket which cannot be removed when the garage door is under tension. This reduces the risk of injuries considerably.